Akoori… Indian Scrambled Eggs.

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Akoori for breakfast today. Going back to my roots. Indian scrambled eggs
Very easy to do.
Serves 2

1 onion finely chopped
4 eggs
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
An inch of ginger grated or finely chopped
1 chilli finely chopped
Teaspoon of cumin seeds
2 teaspoons of ground coriander
Pinch or tureric
Salt & black pepper
2 large tomatoes chopped small

Fry the onion, garlic, ginger & chilli for 8 to 10 mins so nicely softened.
Add in the spices and coat the onions.
Stir in the tomatoes, cook for a few minutes.
Break in the eggs and stir in gently until they start to scramble, turn off heat and keep stirring until they are the consistency you like.

Serve with fresh coriander or mint or both, I also added some natural yogurt on top.
lovely on toast or served with home made pitta.

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Thai Green Curry

THAI Green curry all homemade..
You can buy ready made paste, but homemade is much nicer.
For the paste
Lemon grass stalk chopped
1 teaspoon of cumin
Half a teaspoon of roasted cumin seeds
2cm fresh ginger stalk chopped
Handful of kaffir lime leaves
Zest of a lime and juice
2 table spoons of fish sauce
3 garlic cloves
4 shallots
Bunch of fresh  coriander
Half a teaspoon of whole black peppercorns
2 whole chilli’s chopped

Put it all in a processor and blend, cover and leave in the fridge.. its a thick green, pungent paste and smells divine.

Add veg or meat to pan and brown,
Add paste which is all syn free,
Add 60ml to 100 ml of veg stock… and stir in well..
Add half a tin of reduced fat coconut milk (freeze the rest in a plastic tub)
7.5 syns between 4 if using blue dragon 200ml coconut milk light xx

Pancakes.

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100gms home pride plain flour 16 syns.. You can use basics, but I bought a job lot from Approved Foods
2 eggs
300ml alpro almond original milk 3 syns
Made 8 pancakes
Pinch of salt
2.5 syns per pancake.

Sieve flour into a bowl, add salt
Make a well and break in 2 eggs
Mix well
Add milk gradually.
Some say leave for 30 mins, I didn’t though.
Pour batter into a pan to your desired size and fry, about 40 seconds then flip.

Pasta Fritatta

Pasta fritatta. 11p per slice

great for kids pack ups, or work pack ups or as a meal with added salad, new potatoes etc.

100gms of pasta 6p based on tesco value 30p for 500gms
2 eggs 16p
garlic 5p
50gms of grated cheddar 23p (lidl 350gms £1.55)
1 large tomato 5p

Cook Pasta per pack instructions,
Drain, add  crushed garlic clove add in,
Add 2 beaten eggs and pour in flan dish,
Top with sliced tomato and grated cheese and bake for 40 mins…
Total cost 55p, cuts into 4 to 6 decent sizes, i usually get 5 slices = 11p per slice.

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Cheesy Loaf.

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500gms of strong bread flour,
7gm yeast sachet,
Teaspoon of salt,
320ml of water,
Tablespoon of oil.
100gms of any cheddar cheese.

Mix flour salt n yeast in bowl,
add the water and oil and mix,
tip on well floured surface and knead.
Once smooth, cover and prove for an hour.
Put onto greased tray or loaf tin.
Make indents with wooden spoon and add grated cheese to top.
Pop into hot oven gas mark 7 for 30 mins

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Oxtail Stew & Soup

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Oxtail not traditionally used much anymore, but is delicious, With 1 oxtail I made a stew and a soup, the soup serve 5 and the stew served 7.
I put an oxtail bought from the butcher for £2.50 into the slow cooker with 150ml of water and left it all night around 8/9 hours. In the morning I stripped the meat from the bone.The big chunks went in the stew, the scrappy bits into the soups.

Stew
Oxtail meat
Butter beans, dried cooked or a tin
2 carrots
2 parsnips
1 onion
3/4 potatoes
2 bay leaves
bunch of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
3 garlic cloves
1 chilli optional
beef oxo and water

All of these ingredients chopped, with the bigger chunks of oxtail went in the slow cooker with enough water to cover and the crumbled oxo cube, was then left for 8 hours and made a delicious, very rich stew.
If you want to thicken it add some cornflour to cold water to make a liquid and add that at the end. I didn’t.

Soup
I did the soup in the soup maker.
Scrappy bits of meat
2 carrots
5 to 10  peppercorns (depends how peppery you like it)
1 onion
1 celery stick
2 tablespoons of tom puree
Sprig of thyme
1 beef oxo and water.

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